We hadn’t used the fireplaces in this house except for a couple of quick times because we wanted to get them inspected. The former owners said they had them inspected every year and I had the receipt from when they were inspected in 2019 but . . better to be safe and wait.
I thought, that since there is a blower that comes on once the box gets to a certain temp, that we couldn’t use it if the electricity is off. You know how I think . . I need a way to cook and a way to stay warm if the power is out. Vince and I had been talking about having a propane space type heater installed in the downstairs garage, which is insulated, and is heated and cooled by the central air. We figured having heat in there and leaving the door open to the house should be enough to keep pipes, humans, dogs and cats from freezing.
The guy who was here to day was amazing. He’s just moved here from California, has some acreage, has four children and a fifth on the way. They homeschool, try to raise their own food, have goats and had cows and will get them again. His wife cans and they want a freeze dryer. We all hit it right off and could have sat and talked for days. He’s worked on these type fireplaces, woodstoves and real fireplaces for years and he was so knowledgeable.
Vince’s first question was “What can we do to make these work if the power is off?” He smiled — flipped the switch and said . . that’s it. He offered to turn off all the breakers to the house to show us but we trusted him.
If propane is $1/gallon (or however they measure it), it costs 27 cents per hour to run the fireplace. In the summer, we can fill the tank for that price but now, it’s $1.45/gallon so for this tank, we’ll be paying a little over 40 cents per hour to operate it.
I think I’ve used it twice. I don’t keep the heat on at night so one morning I got up, it was cold in the house and I turned the fireplace on. It was amazing how quickly it heated the house.
Addie wanted it on one night and she was sitting right in front of it and moved back a couple of times and she was surprised how quickly it made her warm.
I’m so very happy to know we can use the fireplace to heat the house if the power is ever off during the winter.
Now . . I just need to get the gas stove!